The Enhancing Economic and Environmental Welfare in the Aral Sea Region (EEWA) program, launched in 2009, aims to support efforts in the delta regions of the Amudarya and Syrdarya rivers geared towards developing opportunities amid dwindling resources. This Regional Programme was developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH).
In 2010, the Program has become a partner for the EC IFAS on the Third Aral Sea Basin Program. The EEWA Program is performing in collaboration with the Initiative of the Central Asian countries for Land Management (CACILM) and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC).
In the framework of economic support program for Central Asia of GIZ GmbH and embedded in the welfare enhancement and territorial development strategies of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the EEWA program follows a multi-level approach.
At the micro- and meso- levels, technical assistance is given to agricultural producers, backyard farmers, small- and medium-scale enterprises in the farming, livestock and fishing sectors, as well as related processing industries and service providers. This particular component is also designed to respond to the specific needs and demands of women.
At the meso- and macro levels, the program aims to foster policies and strategies for sustainable development, as well as regional cooperation between the riparian states and regions of the Aral Sea.
Value chain promotion is a key component of the program. The value chains are set so as to generate explicit environ mental benefits, for example, by applying principles of sustainable resource use and management in agriculture, by introducing integrated pest management (IPM) - including the use of so-called beneficial organisms, and by adopting product quality standards.
The latter ensures enhanced consumer and environmental safety. It also helps to secure established markets and to open both new regional as well as global markets for higher value-added products.
The value chain promotion focuses on developing the potentials of the following sub-sectors:
All programme components are planned and the results monitored in close collaboration with partners. EEWA has established a strategic partnership with both the Executive Committee of IFAS as well as IFAS national branches in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In 2010 the Program became EC IFAS partner for the Third Aral Sea Basin Program. This partnership, which also involves the German Transboundary Water Management Programme in Central Asia, aims to generate and explore synergies for developing the Aral Sea region economically and territorially, so as to increase the overall impact of the EEWA programme.
For similar reasons, EEWA also collaborates with the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM) and the Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC).
The EEWA programme through its branches in Nukus, Kyzylorda, Tashkent, Almaty and Astana is committed to collaborate with partners across boundaries at the territorial, national and regional level for one common objective – to enhance economic and environmental welfare in the Aral Sea region.
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